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Thornton River Upper Trail

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Trail

3.3 mile 5.3 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -1,258' -383 m
High: 2,607' 795 m
Low: 1,349' 411 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by Larry W. Brown

A moderate descent off of Skyline Drive toward the Hull School Trail and Thornton River Lower Trail.

Larry W. Brown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly This trail used as an out-and-back is a great option for older kids who are building endurance.

Description

This trail was once the Thornton Hollow fire road. Starting from the parking area off of Skyline Drive, it dives steeply at first and then begins to level out. About 2.5 miles from the start, the trail heads across the Hull School Trail, then continues to the park boundary along the Thornton River Lower Trail.

The Thornton River and Hull School trails are fun to explore if you have enough time and energy.

Thanks to Larry W. Brown, for sharing this trail description. If you’re interested in learning more details about great hikes, weather, camping / lodging, wildlife, and scenic drives, check out the comprehensive Guide to Shenandoah National Park.

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Aug 13, 2019
Phil Manger
Round trip hike. It's August, so trail is narrowed in places, and lots of spider webs! 6.6mi — 3h 10m
Jul 30, 2016
Josh Bentley

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Small waterfall on the North Fork Thornton River
Aug 13, 2019 near Washington, VA
Shenandoah National Park
Dec 5, 2017 near Washington, VA

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